Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Casting Crowns
Contemporary Christian combo Casting Crowns will perform, with special guest Dara Maclean, at 7:30 p.m. today at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center, Arkansas State University-Mountain Home, 1600 S. College St., Mountain Home. Tickets are $24-$74, $76 for premium seating, which includes early entry and a question-and-answer session with the performers. Call (870) 508-6280 or visit itckets.com.
Also at “the Sheid” this weekend: Dallas Children’s Theater will stage Stuart Little, adapted by Joseph Robinette from E.B. White’s classic mouse story, at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12, $5 for students. Sponsors are Wells Fargo Advisors and North Arkansas Electric Cooperative. Call (870) 508-6280 or (800) 965-9324 or visit thesheid.com.
Celtic finger-style guitarist Peter Janson and six- and 12-string finger-style guitarist Steve Davison kick off the Little Rock Folk Club’s 2013-14 season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Thomson Hall, Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 1818 Reservoir Road, Little Rock. Tickets are $15, $8 for students with ID, free for accompanied children 12 and younger. Call (501) 663-0634.
Singers well ‘Met’
Six area singers who have participated in and/or won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions will give a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock.
Soprano Christine Donahue, a national Met winner, will sing “Dich teure Halle” from Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser. Mezzo-soprano Diane Kesling, also a national winner and former Metropolitan Opera performer, will sing the standard “A Quiet Place.”
Soprano Arlene Biebesheimer, a district audition winner, will sing “Always Through the Changing” from Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe. Soprano Maria Fasciano DiCarlo will sing the arias “Pace, pace, dio mio” from Giuseppe Verdi’s La Forza del Destino and “Casta Diva” from Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma.
Mezzo-soprano Nisheedah Golden, the 2010 Arkansas district winner, will sing “Stride la vampa” from Verdi’s Il Trovatore and “Va! laisse couler mes armes” from Werther by Jules Massanet. Mezzo Rosella Ewing will sing “Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix” from Camille Saint-Saens’ Samson and Delilah and an aria from Georges Bizet’s Carmen.
Admission is by donation of any amount to support the 2014 Arkansas District Met Auditions, Jan. 18 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Met Live in HD
And speaking of the Metropolitan Opera, The Met: Live in HD’s 2013-14 series opens with the Met’s production of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, 11:55 a.m. Saturday on the big screens at the Breckenridge Village 12 in Little Rock, the Tinseltown in Benton and the Razorback 16 Cinema in Fayetteville. For ticket information, visit metopera.org/hdlive.
Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien sing the roles of Tatiana and Onegin, respectively. Valery Gergiev conducts. An encore presentation will also show in movie theaters at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9.
The Natural State Brass Band will salute the music of the American Big Band Era at 3 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel Baptist Church, 501 N. Shackleford Road, Little Rock. Russell “Rusty” Morris conducts. Admission is free. Call (501) 920-2539.
The Delta Symphony Orchestra Guild will hold its annual gala, this year with the theme “Come Fly With Me,” at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Cooper Alumni Center, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro. Grant Garland will provide dinner music; The Townsmen will perform for those who wish to dance. There will belive and silent auctions. Proceeds support the orchestra and its educational programs. Sponsors are Cavenaugh Ford Lincoln, Jonesboro Radio Group and KAIT-TV, Channel 8. Tickets are $100. Call (870) 761-2747.
‘Moonlight’ & Eagles
Pianist Teresa Walters will play a program titled “Moonlight and Romance: Cameos of Great Composers and Well-Loved Melodies,” including Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata, George Gerswhin’s Rhapsody in Blue and works by Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann and Franz Liszt at 7 p.m. Friday at the Ritz Theater, 306 W. Main St., Blytheville. It’s the third program in the Arts Council of Mississippi County’s 2013-2014 Series. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 evening of the concert. Call (870) 762-1744 or visit artsmissco.org.
The Ritz will also be the venue for a special screening of the movie A Gathering of Eagles, 2 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with the annual military personnel reunion at the former Blytheville Air Force Base, later known as Eaker Air Force Base. Although the film’s setting is different, some of the footage of B-52s landing and taking off was supposedly shot at the base. Admission is free.
The Stardust Big Band will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa at 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Admission is $8, free for students 18 and younger. Call (501) 767-5482 or visit stardustband.net.
Lightwire Theater, a New York-based puppet theater that uses electroluminescent wire, will perform 21st-century versions of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling” and Aesop’s fable “The Tortoise and the Hare” at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave .,Conway, part of Conway’s annual ArtsFest. Tickets are $10, $5 for children and students. Call (501) 450-3265 or (866) 810-0012 or visit uca.edu/reynolds.
Arkansas State University Theatre will stage Dracula by Steven Dietz, adapted from Bram Stoker’s gothic classic novel, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Monday-Wednesday and at midnight Saturday at ASU’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Children under 6 are not admitted; the play contains extreme violence and adult subject matter. A “meet the company” dessert reception follows the opening night performance. Call (870) 972-2781 (ASU1) or tickets.astate.edu.
The traveling 2013 “Small Works on Paper” exhibition goes on display today and will remain up through Oct. 29 in the Trieschmann Gallery, Hendrix College, 1600Washington Ave., Conway. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Admission to an opening reception in the gallery, 5-7 p.m. Friday is free. Call (501) 505-1562 or email email@example.com.
Tickets, $44 (plus service charges), go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for comedian ventriloquist Jeff Dunham’s Disorderly Conduct show, 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena. The arena is using its paperless ticket system. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Weekend, Pages 33 on 10/03/2013
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